Learn Simple Conjugations for "Réunir" (to Reunite)

A French Lesson in Conjugating a Regular Verb

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At first glance, you might guess that the French verb réunir has something to do with "reuniting" and your hunch would be correct. Technically, it means "to reunite" and a conjugation is required to get it into the present, past, or future tense. This lesson focuses on the most common and useful forms of réunir so you can start using it in French conversations.

The Basic Conjugations of Réunir

Réunir is a regular -ir verb and that does make it a little easier to learn than some French verbs.

It uses one of the common conjugation patterns, so if you have studied words like remplir (to fill), you already have a head start.

The first step is recognizing the verb stem, which is réun-. Then, using the chart, you can learn which ending to add that corresponds to the subject pronoun and the tense you need. This will help you learn the basic forms of the indicative mood, which are used most often.

For example, je réunis means "I am reuniting" and nous avons rénissions means "we reunited."

 Present Future Imperfect
jeréunisréunirairéunissais
turéunisréunirasréunissais
ilréunitréuniraréunissait
nousréunissonsréunironsréunissions
vousréunissezréunirezréunissiez
ilsréunissentréunirontréunissaient

The Present Participle of Réunir

As with most regular -ir verbs, the ending -issant is added to the stem to produce the present participle. This results in the word réunissant.

Réunir in the Compound Past Tense

In French, the passé composé is the compound past tense.

It requires an auxiliary verb and the past participle réuni.

To form it, begin by conjugating avoir into the present tense according to the subject, then add the past participle. For instance, this leaves us with j'ai réuni for "I reunited" and nous avons réuni for "we reunited."

More Simple Conjugations of Réunir

A few more basic conjugations should round off your essentials list for réunir.

You can use the subjunctive whenever the act of reuniting is uncertain or the conditional when it's dependent on something else. The passé simple and the imperfect subjunctive are both literary forms, so you'll find these in written French.

 SubjunctiveConditionalPassé SimpleImperfect Subjunctive
jeréunisseréuniraisréunisréunisse
turéunissesréuniraisréunisréunisses
ilréunisseréuniraitréunitréunît
nousréunissionsréunirionsréunîmesréunissions
vousréunissiezréuniriezréunîtesréunissiez
ilsréunissentréuniraientréunirentréunissent

The French imperative is used for direct and often assertive statements. The most important rule you need to know is that the subject pronoun is unnecessary in this circumstance. You can shorten tu réunis to réunis.

 Imperative
(tu)réunis
(nous) réunissons
(vous)réunissez
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